With the holiday season quickly approaching, the city has been gearing up their winter attractions. For those that enjoy holiday lights and festive outdoor activities, you’ll be happy to know that the Historic Philadelphia, Inc., (HPI) announced the return of Winter in Franklin Square featuring the free Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO from November 16, 2023 – February 25, 2024. Visitors can celebrate the magic of the season both day and night this winter in festive Franklin Square, with evening activities beginning at 5 pm.
Enjoy The Electrical Spectacle Light Show which starts every 30 minutes from 5 pm until closing along with fire pits and heated tent featuring hot drinks (spiked version for adults) and snacks.
Activities will include Franklin Square Street Curling which is played on an elevated platform where two teams take turns sliding “stones” across the curling surface as well as the traditional Chilly Philly Mini Golf transforming Center City’s only miniature golf course both daytime and evenings.
“Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is excited to celebrate the holidays and welcome visitors and residents from across the Greater Philadelphia region Franklin Square’s free holiday light show,” said President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Amy Needle. “As we plan for 2026, HPI will be working on several exciting capital and programming projects to enhance the visitor experience in Franklin Square.”
The main attraction, the Electrical Spectacle Light Show features six songs, two songs for each show, on a rotating basis, kicking off on November 16 and running through January 7, 2024. The songs are All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano; Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a – Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies by Tchaikovsky with Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a – Russian Dance performed by Charles Dutoit & L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Sleigh Ride performed by Peter Nero and The Philly POPS® featuring Ann Hampton Callaway; A Christmas Festival, performed by Peter Nero and The Philly POPS® featuring Ann Hampton Callaway; and Carol of the Bells (Starchild Excaliber Drumadelic Remix) performed by the London Festival Orchestra.